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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Nov 2, 2011

Anyone who's ever used Wikipedia--and who hasn't?--can appreciate the ease of organization that wikis provide, letting users create collections of interlinking pages with increasing levels of detail about specific topics. Linked Notes Free Edition is an easy-to-use program for creating notes using a wiki format. While the program doesn't let you create actual wiki Web sites, it is an innovative and extremely useful tool for organizing notes.

The program's interface is simple, with a tree hierarchy on the left that displays pages that the user has created. To create a page, we simply clicked the New button and entered our desired title. The genius of Linked Notes Free Edition is that it automatically creates links in existing pages when new ones are created. For example, we created a page about pants and listed several types: jeans, Capri pants, and so on. We then created a new page, titled it "jeans," and wrote a few sentences about denim pants. When we returned to our original pants page, the word "jeans" had automatically turned into a link to our page about jeans. Pretty neat, right? Although the program doesn't have much in the way of word processing features, there are basic text formatting tools, and pages can be exported as RTF or TXT files. Since the program is portable, you can take it along on a USB drive and have access to your notes wherever you go.

A link to an online Help file took us to a page promising that Help was "coming soon," but that's okay; Linked Notes is pretty easy to figure out. Overall, we were quite impressed with Linked Notes Free Edition, and we think it's a great way to organize notes on just about any topic.

Linked Notes Free Edition installs a desktop icon without asking but uninstalls cleanly.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.3

Version 2.3:
  • Improved Search
  • Publish to LinkedNotes.com (Windows Azure storage)
  • Collapse/Expand All toolbar button
  • Ability to delete whole section of pages
  • Added more help pages

General

Release October 31, 2013
Date Added October 31, 2013
Version 2.3

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements .NET 3.5 Framework

Popularity

Total Downloads 1,881
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Linked Notes is a Wiki style notepad for your desktop computer or USB flash drive. It provides a simple way to organize your notes and keep them private. The Basic Edition is free and includes such features as: Notes are arranged into pages easily navigated with an index; Toolbar facilitates navigation with forward, backward and home buttons; Basic formatting such as bold, underline, italics, strikethrough, font and font size are provided; Pages are linked by name automatically when page names are entered; Hyperlinks entered automatically become browser shortcuts; Import and export pages as text or RTF files.